I’m Mary Lou McDonald, president of Safe Food Matters, We are taking our case to the next level: the FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL. Health Canada allowed GLYPHOSATE to be reregistered in Canada for another 20 years without doing a proper evaluation. We CANNOT LET THIS STAND.
We need our regulators to DO THEIR JOB and conduct a PROPER EVALUATION of glyphosate. It is harmful chemical that is GETTING RIGHT INTO OUR FOOD!
The Federal Court in January 2020 said HEALTH CANADA did a good enough job listening to us when we first objected to glyphosate. But they DIDN'T LISTEN. They didn't understand our arguments. They didn't respond to our arguments. They BRUSHED US OFF.
The SUPREME COURT OF CANADA has said you CAN'T BRUSH OFF people who put in the effort to participate in the process. See the December 2019 case Canada v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 (CanLII)
So we are appealing to the FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL because we think it will apply VAVILOV and see that the objections and science we presented were ignored or brushed off. We think this Court will order HEALTH CANADA to FINALLY DO ITS JOB and set up a panel to review the science and the points we made about how glyphosate gets into our food.
We believe in the law. Its too bad that we have to take this to the next level, It's really too bad.
But this is an IMPORTANT ISSUE.
And we are the ONLY ONES taking the Court legal process on this file.
It is a LONG GAME. But we think worth it in the end. For 2 reasons:
1. It will end in a proper evaluation of glyphosate;
2. The Court will school Health Canada in how to do a proper evaluation.
Of course this costs money.
Thanks to the many GENEROUS DONATIONS we received, we were able to take the first step: the Federal Court, which required $20,000.
Now time for the second step: the Federal Court of Appeal.
The last step after this, if warranted, is the Supreme Court of Canada.
This second step requires another $22,000 to cover legal bills. The extra $2000 is required because HEALTH CANADA IS NOT PLAYING NICE. They are fighting the admission of a document, that THEY WROTE, that THEY SHOULD HAVE PUT ON THE RECORD, that they didn't. They either didn't know about it, or intentionally did not add it. Either way it's not good.
I have been working very hard with Andrea Gonsalves of Stockwoods LLP on this second step, and her firm has again agreed to a fee cap. I myself have contributed hundreds of hours to this second step.
We know you support us and our efforts in this battle.! Thank you!
We kindly ask that you support us by providing us with the funds to WIN THIS SECOND STEP.
LETS GET A PROPER EVALUATION ON HOW GLYPHOSATE GETS IN OUR FOOD,
LET'S GET THE COURTS TO TELL HEALTH CANADA HOW ITS SUPPOSED TO BEHAVE.
Mary Lou McDonald,
Safe Food Matters Inc.
- Robert Ness
- Elizabeth Guptill
- Lee Anne Downey
- Marise May